By: Staff reports
Freedom Forum Study Examines Newsroom Diversity
Newsrooms that aspire to racial and ethnic diversity similar to the nation’s population
will, over the next 25 years, need half of all new hires to be journalists of color, The
Freedom Forum reports.
The international foundation, headquartered in Arlington, Va., yesterday released a study
that concludes journalists of color are disproportionately underrepresented in newsrooms.
The study analyzed census data gathered by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE)
over the last 22 years.
The number of journalists of color in the newsroom increased by 1.2% between 1994 and 1999.
The study finds that almost as many journalists of color leave newsrooms as are hired each
year. 7% of journalists of color leave the newspaper industry annually while 4% of white
newspaper journalists depart.
Currently, journalists of color represent 11.6% of newsrooms, according to ASNE estimates.
The estimated percentage of people of color in the U.S. is 28%, according to the U.S. Census
Bureau. If U.S. newspapers want to better represent the population, the study suggests that
1,175 journalists of color must be hired on news staffs each year between now and 2025.
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